Cool techie style bootscreen

sparkleytone

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hey i just thought i'd post this for any UNIX junkies out here. i know i've always gotten a wierd satisfaction watching my linux boxes boot in a pure text fashion. now i have the same on my mac.

sudo nvram boot-args="-v"

that will do it for you and now your mac will boot with the cool quasiretrofuturistic textmode.

sudo nvram boot-args=""

turns it back off.
 

Ensign Paris

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Nothing is ever 100% safe, i mean, my friend thought condoms were safe but he was wearing one and got hit by a bus.

Ensign
 

Carrierwave

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Yes you simply type this in the terminal. No you do not have to be logged in as root. That is what sudo does. Gives you a very temporary access as root. This is why it will ask for your password. And yes it should be safe. I do it myself quite a bit. Just don't enter any other commands after using sudo that you don't fully understand. For an explanation of sudo type 'man sudo' in your terminal window.

-Carrierwave
 

sparkleytone

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hehe im glad you like it. all it does is read the -v flag. that just means verbose mode. so it tells you anything and everything that the machine does on boot. i'm sure ill go back to normal boot screens sometime, but i like the novelty of it feeling like linux until it gets to my desktop.
 

mc68k

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Apr 16, 2002
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Originally posted by verbose101
hehehe, for me the novelty will probably ware off to :D But for now I'm luvin it!
Got any other cool/useful UNIX tips anyone?
Depends if you use *nix as much as you use the GUI. I've got tips galore, but most of them are for the csh/tcsh enviroment and don't have much of a "cool" factor.

Your -v switch is the same AFAIK as holding down cmd-V at bootup, except what you did might boot it up verbose every time.

If you liked verbose mode, you might like OpenFirmware— boot holding down opt-cmd-o-f. You can't do much here, just like Unix, if you don't know the commands. And also just like Unix, you can screw things up here.
 

mmmdreg

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on the other hand, you can just hold cmd-v while starting up and it will do it for that startup only...just if you want to see text once in a while...
 

Nipsy

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Originally posted by mc68k

If you liked verbose mode, you might like OpenFirmware— boot holding down opt-cmd-o-f. You can't do much here, just like Unix, if you don't know the commands. And also just like Unix, you can screw things up here.
Pandora's box...

You can render a machine useless in OF if you aren't careful (with relative ease).

I would not recommend poking around in OF for fun, especially if you don't have a second machine to google the answers after you break your first!
 

Choppaface

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what does reset all in OF do (I'm not sure if thats the right one....the guys at the genius bar were talking about it when i had my powerbook there)?
 

G4scott

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Originally posted by Choppaface
what does reset all in OF do (I'm not sure if thats the right one....the guys at the genius bar were talking about it when i had my powerbook there)?
I'm no mac pro, but I would guess that it resets the firmware to the original configuration...
 

cb911

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i tried that command in terminal and it didn't seem to work. you just type it and press enter? and then you'll see the changes when you restart, right?
 

Gelfin

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Originally posted by G4scott


I'm no mac pro, but I would guess that it resets the firmware to the original configuration...
reset-NVRAM does that. reset-all actually exits and reboots your Mac.
I wouldn't futz around with OpenFirmware, though. As previously said, you can seriously mangle your machine very easily this way.
 
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